SmartCars havenâ€™t been as big of a hit in the United States as they have been overseas, but maybe an even smaller version of the petite auto would do better. Daimler, based in Stuttgart Germany, has decided to jump into the electric scooter market by producing an e-scooter. The e-scooter showed up as a concept vehicle at the Paris Motor Show two years ago alongside the SmartForTwo electric car and a prototype electric bicycle.
Honda, BMW and KTM have mentioned making electric scooters, but this is one of the few solid commitments the market has seen. The concept model had a 48-volt lithium-ion battery that powered a 5-horsepower motor with a range of around 62 miles and a top speed of 30 mph. Officials at Daimler offered that the production model of the e-scooter will be more â€œdeveloped and refinedâ€ and that it will further the companyâ€™s â€œsmarter mobility concept for urban mobilityâ€ in the future. Other than the production start year of 2014, no specifics about where or when the e-scooter will go on sale have been released.